OUR LADY AND THE CHURCH
THEOLOGIANS will gather for the Mariological Congress at Lourdes next week to discuss "Mary and the Church". They are expected to study tkg following subjects: the place Our Lady occupies in the Mystical Body of Christ; her role in the economy of salvation; her social role towards all mankind in the bosom itself of the Church; her association with Christ in His character of Redeemer.
The Holy Father will send his special Legate to Lourdes for the occasion, Cardinal Tisserant, Dean of the Sacred College, and President of the International Committee of Our Lady of Lourdes.
This Mariological Congress has been preceded by research work on the part of Mariologists all over the world, hut principally on the Continent. More than 400 of
them will be at Lourdes to begin on September 10 a series of private sessions, strictly confined to the specialists who have been undertaking the scientific study of the theme. Their deliberations will end on September 14.
The faithful generally will take part in the Marian Congress, which will follow immediately. continuing to September 17. At this congress will be general assemblies of teachers who will explain the theme "Mary and the Church" to them.
Fr. Balic, the President of the International Marian Academy, and Consultor of the Holy Office. has explained the need for the Congress in the following words: -In theology, our present time is marked by the increasing interest which is taken in the Mystery of Mary and in the Mystery of the Church: the encyclical Mysliel Corporis has given a fresh impulse to this revisal of ecclesiology, whilst the two Marian doctrines of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption cast a special light on theology in general and that of the Church most particularly.
"The Church, better known in its profund nature and in its social function, necessarily enlightens with the splendours of its dogmas the Marian Mystery, and vice versa; Mary is in the Church and above the Church; she is a figure of the Church and leads to the Church.
"The relations of Mary to the Church is real and profound and the functions of both are parallel, and converge all towards one and the same living reality: the Body of Christ.
"The act of salvation, accomplished here below by Christ Who (not from the necessity of having assistance, but from pure privilege) has wished to associate His Mother in it. the Church makes ever present and renews it among the peoples of all the nations of the world."
Over 150 bishops and 12 Cardinals, will be present at the Congress and the Legate will be received by M. Pierre Pflimlin. French Minister of State.
Fr Remigio Berteotti, O.F.M. Cap., who for over 30 years has been custodian of the Holy House of Loreto. Italy died last week aged 83.